Setting up the range extender through a wired connection

Linksys range extenders can be configured using a wired connection aside from using the setup CD that comes with the device.  To configure the range extender manually, follow the steps below:

Check the Wi-Fi settings on the wireless router or access point

The Linksys wireless range extender and the wireless router or access point’s Wi-Fi settings should match in order for them to work properly.  You must first identify the following:

  • Wi-Fi Name
  • Wi-Fi channel
  • Wi-Fi security mode (WPA® / WPA2® Personal or WEP)
  • Wi-Fi password or passphrase

NOTE:  If you’re using a non-Linksys wireless router or access point, refer to your router’s documentation or contact your router’s manufacturer for assistance on getting these settings.

  • To learn how to get the Wi-Fi settings of your Linksys wireless router, click here.

Connect the computer to the range extender

Using an ethernet cable, connect the range extender to the computer.  This will allow you to access its web-based setup page.

NOTE:  Images may vary depending on the type of computer you are using.  In this example, a laptop computer is used.


Configure the Linksys wireless range extender

To configure the range extender’s wireless settings, follow the steps below:

QUICK TIP:  For optimum performance, it is recommended to use the Wireless-N range extender with a Wireless-N router.

Step 1:
Launch your web browser.

Step 2:
Enter “” in the Address bar.

NOTE:  If the range extender is not yet configured, it will automatically redirect to the web-based setup page if you try to access any website.  

Step 3:
Leave the User name blank and enter “admin” in the Password field. 

NOTE: The Linksys RE1000 is used here as an example.



Step 4:
Click on Wireless > Basic Wireless Settings



Step 5:
On the Configuration View section, click on the Manual radio button then enter your router’s Wi-Fi or Network Name (SSID) in the field provided.


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Step 6:
On the Wireless Security section, select the security mode that your router is using.



Step 7:
After selecting the security mode, enter the passphrase or Wi-Fi password that your router is using in the fields provided.

WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode

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NOTE:  The Passphrase must consist of at least eight characters and is case-sensitive.

WPA Personal

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NOTE:  The Passphrase must consist of at least eight characters and is case-sensitive.



NOTE:  For optimum Wireless-N performance, it is recommended to use WPA/WPA2 wireless security on your router and range extender.

Step 8:
Click Save Settings.

Your range extender should now be synchronized with your router.

Linksys Wireless-AC Range Extenders

Linksys Wireless-AC range extenders, such as Linksys RE6500, come with a browser-based setup that makes wireless range extenders easy to install.  Click on the links below to know how to set up your Linksys Wireless-AC range extender.

Setting up the Linksys AC1200 Max Wi-Fi Range Extender, RE6500
Setting up the Linksys RE6700 to Range Extender mode
Setting up the Linksys RE6300 to Range Extender mode
Setting up the Linksys RE6400 to Range Extender mode

You can also set up your range extender using the Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS).  To know how, click here.

Related Articles:

Setting up the RE2000, RE2000 v2 and RE4000W using the Setup Wizard
Configuring the Linksys range extender with a gateway using Site Survey

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